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The '''University of Florida''' (commonly referred to as '''Florida''' or '''UF''') is an American public university|public land-grant university|land-grant, sea grant colleges|sea-grant, and space grant colleges|space-grant research university on a campus in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida that traces its origins to 1853,Julian M. Pleasants, ''Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida'', University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 6–7 (2006). The university's 1853 "founding date" represents the year the East Florida Seminary opened in Ocala. The seminary was the oldest of the four colleges consolidated by the Florida Legislature to form the modern University of Florida in 1905. and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906.University of Florida, [http://www.ufl.edu/history/1853.html 1853-1905 >> University of Florida's...
Motto''Civium in moribus rei publicae salus'' (Latin)
MottoengThe welfare of the state depends upon the morals of its citizens.{{refn|group=a|The motto of UF was written by James Nesbitt Anderson, first Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.Van Ness, C & McCarthy, K. (2003). Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future: The University of Florida, 1853-2003. Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida's 150th Anniversary Committee.}}
Established1853{{refn|group=a|This is the year classes began at the East Florida Seminary, the oldest of the four institutions that were consolidated to create the modern University of Florida in 1905. This date was set by the Florida Board of Control in 1935; previously the university traced its founding date to 1905, when the predecessor institutions were merged.Barry Klein, "[http://www.sptimes.com/News/072900/State/FSU_s_age_change__his.shtml FSU's age change: history or one-upmanship?]" ''St. Petersburg Times'' (July 29, 2000). Retrieved April 18, 2012.}}
TypeState university system|State university
Land-grant university
Sea-grant university
Space-grant university
Endowment$1.61 billion (2017)As of June 30, 2017. {{cite web |url=https://www.uff.ufl.edu/AboutTheFoundation/EndowmentAndAssets.asp |title=Endowment & Assets |publisher=University of Florida Foundation |year=2017}}
PresidentW. Kent Fuchs
ProvostJoseph Glover
Students54,854 (Fall 2016){{cite web|url=http://ir.aa.ufl.edu/enrollment|title=Enrollment - Office of Institutional Planning and Research|publisher=|accessdate=June 7, 2016}}
Undergrad38,035
Postgrad16,819
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